Kari Treese

Writer | Educator | Math Enthusiast


Leila Abu-Saba Memorial Prize, Mills College, 2019

Melody Clarke Teppola Prize in Creative Writing Fiction (Honorable Mention), 2019

Fred T. Haley Writing Award, UW Tacoma, 2015



“all this blood” & “old gods & men” Poets of Mills College

“Eulogy” Hobart (forthcoming)

“On Finding Poetry and Place” Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Poets, Black Lawrence Press (January)


“Mile 183” BULL

“Big Al’s Pet Emporium” Cutbank

“Out on the Lake” Pithead Chapel

“Pain Relief” Microfiction Monday

“On Fullness” Rivet Journal

“Plastic Houses” Punctuate


“For Keeping” Goat’s Milk Magazine

“Spark” Lunch Ticket

“Birth Day” Pacifica Literary Review


“Photo(stream of consciousness) in reverse” & “A Black Wasp Flew Into the Pool” Crab Fat Magazine

“creation” The Fem


“Beauty and Being” The Los Angeles Review, Vol 20


“Spray” & “Carousel Horse” Tahoma West


M.F.A Creative Writing Prose, Mills College, 2020

M.Ed. Secondary Mathematics Education, UCLA, 2016

B.A. Creative Writing, Mathematics Minor, University of Washington, 2015


Kari Treese is a writer, educator, and math enthusiast. Originally from Southern California, Kari is currently living and working in the San Fransisco Bay Area. She’s a fiction reader at Atticus Review. Kari’s a fish person, for whatever that’s worth.

At Mills College, Kari is pursing an MFA in Creative Writing (emphasis in prose) and is in her final semester. She’s the managing editor at 580 Split, Mills’ nationally distributed literary journal, and a graduate teaching assistant working with senior undergraduate students.


10/29/2019 Works In Progress @ Rothwell Theater, Mills College 5:30 PM

5/12/2019 Flash Fiction @ The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, CA 5 PM

Rigor and Compassion in the Writing Classroom: “Letter to a Future Writer: Marginalia and Instructor Feedback in College Writing”—December 2018 @ Mills College

Math Enthusiast Speaker Series, University of Washington—January 2017

Tahoma West Issue Release Reading—May 2015

Writing Studies Student Showcase—May 2015

Poetry Flash Mob—April 2015

Dada Artists on Campus—April 2015

Writing for Social Change: One Act Student Plays—December 2014